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Věra Chytilová: Daisies

Věra Chytilová Daisies 1966 ©SFK
30 Nov 2019 to 13 Apr 2020
10am to 5pm
Two flirty doll-like women, both called Marie, prank gullible old men, conspicuously consume, and speculate on their existence.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
City Gallery Wellington
Te Ngākau Civic Square, Wellington, New Zealand


Daisies (1966) is an experimental feminist feature film by Czech new-wave director Vera Chytilová. It follows the anarchic exploits of two doll-like young women, both called Marie, as they play pranks on gullible older men, conspicuously consume, and speculate on their existence. Their hedonism and irresponsibility was a rebuff to the bleakness of life in communist Czechoslovakia, and the film was banned for the wanton waste of its food fights and milk baths. (The Prague Spring was still two years away.) Daisies is remarkable for its visual inventiveness and disorienting special effects—the filmmaker was out to break as many rules as her heroines. Now over fifty years old, it is a time capsule, from which to consider feminism now.

Closed 25th December 2019. 

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City Gallery Wellington

29 Oct 2019

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